He thrived on the process of endearing himself to all who hope for better days.
So a local artist found a creative way to cover him up.
As general secretary of the Reformed Church in America, he led his denomination in standing against apartheid.
In religious terms, the emerging South Africa looks at once thoroughly African and surprisingly European.
In the long struggle for freedom in South Africa, parts of the church played a major role, even as other parts colluded with the apartheid regime. Few actions in that struggle were more important than the Belhar Confession.